Many fans will agree: Sam Jackson is the perfect Nick Fury for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. We had the opportunity to speak with Jackson at the Los Angeles press event for The Avengers about the following topics:

  • Jackson versus David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury. (0:20)
  • How he views the character of Nick Fury and his relationship with the rest of The Avenges. (0:50)
  • The meaning of Geek and comic books as literature. (2:00)
  • The possibility of a  S.H.E.I.L.D film. (2:30)
  • What toy/prop he would keep from The Avengers. (3:00)
  • Why Joss Whedon is the perfect director for The Avengers. (3:44)

Now, why do I perceive that Jackson is the ideal person to portray the relentlessly determined leader of S.H.E.I.L.D? His name has become synonymous with take-no-prisoners badassery over the past twenty years, and it became clear that he had a penchant for geekery (though, as you will see in our interview he does not describe it as such) when he fought to be a part of George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise.

It is the combination of Jackson’s inherent sense of command and his genuine reverence for the material that makes him the Nick Fury that we want to see. But as Jackson is quick to point out, he was not the only Nick Fury. I’ll have to add the David Hasselhoff Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D film to my “must-see” list after my conversation with the actor.

Of course there are rumors of a Marvel S.H.E.I.L.D movie, but as more and more information is released on Marvel’s plans for the characters featured in The Avengers (Black Widow and The Hulk in particular) it will be interesting to see how Jackson’s Fury plays into the ultimate scheme of things.

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The Avengers opens in U.S. theaters this Friday May 4th.

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